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AZ School Superintendent Supports Governor Ducey Budget Proposal

Sedona AZ Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman released the following statement on Governor Doug Ducey’s FY 2021 Proposed Budget:

“Throughout my travels around the state, I’ve heard and seen firsthand the passionate support that Arizonans have for continued and increased investment in our public education system. In reviewing Governor Ducey’s proposed budget, I’m hopeful that we will continue to find bipartisan support for the issues facing our public schools.”

There are several items in the budget that will build upon the work of our Department and provide schools with critical resources. By providing the funds necessary to fulfill each school’s first choice in the School Safety Program, Arizona will take a necessary step towards ensuring that school safety is not treated as a competition. Additionally, the increased funds for the investigative unit – paired with fully-funding the top choices of the School Safety Program waitlist – will go a long way in ensuring our students are safe, healthy, and ready to learn at school.”

“In addition to school safety, the budget address several key needs: early restoration of Additional Assistance and increased funding for school facilities will help schools meet the needs of their communities, more dollars dedicated to Adult Education will unlock the economic and personal potential of so many individuals in our state, and targeted assistance through programs like Project Rocket will elevate schools that need extra support.”   

“Inclusion of the final installment of the 20×2020 raises is excellent news for Arizona’s teachers, but I have long said these raises only represented a first step. Now is the time for our state to start planning for what comes next. We know that our teacher shortage has persisted even with these raises, and it will take a holistic, comprehensive approach to move the needle, keep qualified educators in the classroom, and ensure that Arizona’s education system is regionally competitive.”

“Our goal must continue to be a fair and equitable public education system that provides high-quality education for every student in our state – I will continue to advocate for policies that move Arizona in that direction.”



  1. Estelle McDaniel says:

    Bipartisanship at work.

  2. Teacher Teacher says:

    Read the entire study before you comment….. https://brightbeamnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/The-Secret-Shame_v4.pdf

    “Meanwhile,” says civil-rights attorney Nekima Levy Armstrong in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “in our own ‘progressive’ city of Minneapolis, the report showed that the shameful gap in math achievement between black and white students in K-12 is 53 percentage points, while the gap in math between brown and white students is 45 points.” ——- and progressive cities spend more per student than others by and large.

    Progressive Cities Have Larger Achievement Gaps Than Conservative Cities • Progressive cities, on average, have achievement gaps in math and reading that are 15 and 13 percentage points higher than in conservative cities, respectively. •

    In San Francisco, for example, 70% of white students are proficient in math, compared to only 12% of black students reaching proficiency — a 58-point gap. •

    In Washington, D.C., 83% of white students scored proficient in reading compared to 23 percent of black students — a 60-point gap. •

    In contrast, three of the 12 most conservative cities — Virginia Beach, Anaheim and Fort Worth — have effectively closed or even erased the gap in at least one of the academic categories we examined.

    also from that study —-

    Why This Matters

    Though many dedicated educators and community members commit themselves every day to improving education, our most progressive cities have made very little progress towards the fundamental responsibility of helping every student reach their highest potential.

    In the face of these data, progressive leaders cannot make excuses for failing to close these gaps. Our research shows that there are U.S. cities where little to no gaps exist. Those cities happen to be conservative. This leads us to expect more of progressive leaders, and our children deserve better.

    School and municipal leaders in all cities, regardless of political affiliation, now have an opportunity to acknowledge these gaps and take action to change this reality.

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